The Second Apocalypse of James is an apocalyptic text of the Nag Hammadi library.The text accounts of the trial and martyrdom of James the Just. It is believed to have been written around the 2nd century CE, and then buried and lost until it was re-discovered.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||120-180 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Gnostic Apocalypse|
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world. To be Gnostic should be understood as someone who is receptive to mystical or esoteric experiences of direct participation with the divine being. Gnosis refers to intimate personal knowledge and insight from experience.
|Discovered:||Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.
All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
|Further Reading:|| earlychristianwritings.com/text/apocalypsejames2.html|
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